Thankfulness: friendship

Who are your closest friends?

 

What do you like doing with them?

 

What do they do that makes you smile?

Jesus had lots of friends, but he chose 12 special friends and helpers called his disciples. Together they made up the first community of believers. They weren’t all exactly like Jesus, in fact they were all quite different to each other, but they all had one thing in common. Jesus had called them, and they chose to follow him.

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Matthew 10:2-4

Throughout the Bible we can see examples of when Jesus spent time praying with and for his friends. Paul also spent time praying for his friends, and thanking God for them. In Philippians 1:3 it says, "I thank my God every time I remember you."

A Prayer...

Dear God, thank you for my friends. Please help me to look out for those around me this week. Amen

A challenge...

Have you ever prayed for your friends?

What do you think they would like prayer for?

Spend some time this week thanking God for your friends. Ask God to show you how you can share your faith with them.